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Brits Are On A Mission To Get Homes Guest-Ready

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  • Ahead of a highly anticipated festive season filled with friends and family, people across the country are using the October half term to prepare their homes for festive entertaining

This year will be a Christmas like no other, and with the anticipation of entertaining friends and family once again comes the desire to get our homes in tip top shape. In the past few weeks, predicted to peak over the half term, Brits across the nation have been undertaking home decoration and renovation projects, with views on Homebase’s DIY advice pages increasing 40% week on weekd showing how, as we edge closer to the festive season, more people are taking on projects as we plan to host guests once more.

Wall panelling has quickly become the hottest trend of the year, with over 125,000 hashtags on Instagram due to its timeless yet affordable look and ability to customise to everyone’s style. So, it’s no surprise that it has been the most popular project Homebase customers have been taking on! Wall panelling sales are up by 110% year on year and have been increasing at a quicker rate as we get closer to Christmas as people get their homes guest ready, with sales up a huge 50% over the last two months alone.

With over a whopping 15,000 views on our website, the Shaker Wall Panelling has been our highest searched product in the category, with our second customer-favourite, the EASIpanel Tongue & Groove Panel, being the 10th most viewed product on Homebase.co.uk.

Tony Kersey, Homebase Buying Manager, comments: “Every year, we see our customers use the October half term to undertake home projects, but this year more than ever, we’ve noticed an increase in our customers using our DIY advice pages to help them get their homes guest ready. As many of us missed out on our traditional Christmas celebrations last year, making our homes look and feel special this season has never been more important, and we predict customers taking on the wall panelling trend will peak over the October half term – we can’t wait to see the results!”  

Alongside wall panelling, Homebase can reveal the top 5 projects the nation will undertake this half term to get their homes guest ready:

1) Refresh/ repaint your spare room

2) Change your toilet seat

3) Change your light switch covers

4) Buy extra chairs

5) Swap out old cushions for new ones

Give your homes a modern makeover this season and make sure you’re ready to entertain guests this year by adding wall panels to complete your room, giving your walls a fresh lick of paint or updating the cushion collection.

Wall panelling and cladding is available both online and in-store now.

Source : Homebase

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26 October 2021

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